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Redbarred Hawkfish
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(Cirrhitops fasciatus) Easy Semi-aggressive 5" 30 gallons 72-79° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4 Carnivore Japan, Hawaii, Western Pacific Cirrhitidae Hawkfish Reef Compatible Redbarred Hawkfish are micro-predators that move about the reef hunting for small crustaceans and fish to prey on. Since they only reach a maximum size of about 5 inches they are not able to prey on fish 2 inches in length or larger. This makes them suitable tank mates for most adult specimens of commonly kept aquarium fish species. They should not be housed with small Gobies, Dartfish or young Chromis, Clownfish, Damselfish, etc; however, adult Clownfish, Chromis, etc. will be fine. Redbarred Hawkfish can eat a wide variety of marine invertebrates and crustaceans, which makes them only partially suitable for reef aquariums. The bright red coloration and interesting swimming style have made the Redbarred Hawkfish a popular aquarium species for some time. They are generally available to hobbyists both in local fish stores and online; however, they are sold under a variety of common names including: Redbarred Hawkfish, Banded Hawkfish, Blood Red Hawkfish and Fasciatus Hawkfish. Despite their common name, Redbarred Hawkfish can vary in coloration from bright red and white to a dark blue or almost black body with red fins. They do they to better blend into their environment, which helps them ambush small prey items moving about the reef and helps protect them from becoming dinner to larger reef predators like Groupers or reef Sharks. Hobbyists will want to house their Redbarred Hawkfish with plenty of live rock in order to bring out their best coloration. Plenty of live rock will also give the Redbarred Hawk many places to perch and move about on. One of the more interesting features of Hawkfish in generally is watching them move about the reef in their half swimming and half crawling style, as they look for the best places on the reef to ambush prey. The Redbarred Hawkfish is a very hardy specimen for aquarium life, that will do well in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium. Despite its relative small size, it is a predatory species and will eat small fish and crustaceans, thus should not be kept with species like small Gobies, Firefishes, small Wrasses etc. In smaller aquariums the Redbarred Hawkfish can be very aggressive towards smaller fish species and fish with a very peaceful disposition. However, in a larger aquarium (90 gallons and up) the Redbarred Hawkfish can be kept very easily with a variety of semi-aggressive community fish species and larger invertebrates and crustaceans. It is important to provide plenty of live rock & rock work to allow plenty of rocky ledges for the Redbarred Hawkfish to perch on, and caves and crevices for it to retreat to when threatened or sleeping. Generally the Redbarred Hawkfish should not be kept with other Hawkfish species as they are very territorial, except for large aquariums with plenty of rock work capable of creating enough territory for multiple specimens. Redbarred Hawkfish are carnivores that in the wild will dwell near the bottom of the reef or on a rocky outcrop looking to prey on small invertebrates and zooplankton. In the aquarium environment they should be provided a diet consisting of a variety of marine based meaty foods including: frozen and flaked meaty preparations, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp or home made foods consisting of chopped mussels, prawns, clams or shrimp. They will also forage for small crustaceans and various species of pods that are generally present in well established aquariums containing plenty of live rock.
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Pixy Hawkfish
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(Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus) Easy Aggressive 3" 30 gallons 74-82° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Carnivore Indo-Pacific Cirrhitidae Hawkfish Reef Compatible The Pixy Hawkfish, is also referred to within the aquarium hobby as the Coral Hawkfish or Spotted Hawkfish, but it should not be confused with Cirrhitichthys aprinus, also called the Spotted Hawkfish. The Pixy Hawkfish is one of several Hawkfishes sold as Spotted Hawkfishes within the marine aquarium trade. The Pixy Hawkfish is a very hardy semi-aggressive fish, that does well in most community fish aquariums and many aggressive fish aquariums. They are collected from a variety of locations including: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to South Africa and east to the Marquesas Islands, north to the Mariana Islands, south to New Caledonia. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Colombia and the Galapagos Islands. Its hardy, bold disposition, along with its attractive coloration, personality and swimming or perching habits have made this a popular aquarium species with many marine aquarists. The Pixy Hawkfish has a white body that fades to light-blue near the tail fin, with large large red spots along the entire body. The fins are clear with red spots similar to those found on the body, but not as large. Like other Hawkfish, the Pixy uses its pectoral fins almost like arms using them to perch on rocks and coral outcrops. Its eyes are mounted on the top center of its head, which is typical of predatory species, so that they can better identify prey items. The Pixy Hawkfish is a very hardy specimen for aquarium life, that will do well in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium. Despite its small size, it is a predatory species and will eat small fish and crustaceans, thus should not be kept with species like small Gobies, Firefish, small wrasses etc. In smaller aquariums the Pixy Hawkfish can be very aggressive towards smaller fish species and fish with a very peaceful disposition. However, in a larger aquarium (90 gallons and up) the Pixy Hawkfish can be kept very easily with a variety of semi-aggressive community fish species and larger invertebrates and crustaceans. It is important to provide plenty of live rock & rock work to allow plenty of places of rock ledges for this species to perch on, and caves and crevices for it to retreat to when threatened or sleeping. Generally the Pixy Hawkfish should not be kept with other Hawkfish species as they are very territorial, except for large aquariums with plenty of rock work capable of creating enough territory for multiple specimens. Pixy Hawkfish are a carnivorous species that in the wild will dwell near the bottom of the reef or on a rocky outcrop looking to prey on small invertebrates and zooplankton. In the aquarium environment, this species should be provided a diet consisting of a variety of marine meaty foods including: frozen and flaked meaty preparations along with live feeder shrimp (mysis, brine, etc.).
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Longnose Hawkfish
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(Oxycirrhites typus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 5" 30 gallons 74-82° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Carnivore Indo-Pacific Cirrhitidae Hawkfish Reef Compatible The Longnose Hawkfish is a hardy fish species that is one of the most popular of the Hawkfish species found within the marine aquarium hobby. They are a very interesting fish to watch and have distinctive pattern and colorful markings. They are found throughout the western Pacific, including the Philippines, Japan and the Great Barrier Reef, where they are found in reefs ranging from 30 to 60 feet in depth. They spend their time hanging out on live rock outcrops and corals, where they look for food items. This species is equally suitable and at home in both the reef or fish-only marine aquarium and is successfully kept by beginner to advanced aquarists. Longnose Hawkfish long cylindrical bodies that reach about 5 inches in length, with a distinctive pointed nose and mouth. Their bodies have a red and white hatched pattern that extends throughout the entire body. Like other hawkfish, the Longnose Hawkfish uses its pectoral fins to "sit" on rock ledges, almost as if resting on a pair of arms. Longnose Hawkfish are known within the aquarium hobby for their interesting movements about the reef, even resting on coral or rock outcrops watching the happenings in the aquarium. They are also considered to have a lot of personality and are very inquisitive of their surroundings. Longnose Hawkfish are a very hardy fish species, that will get along well with other community fish species. They generally live singularly in the wild or will live in small groups, with a single male and 3 to 6 females. Generally they are kept singularly in the home aquarium, unless kept within a very large aquarium that is capable of supporting a group of them. This species is equally at home in the community fish or reef marine aquariums and will not harm other fish, corals or most invertebrates (exceptions being very small shrimps). They are known for their bursts of speed when swimming and have been known to shoot upwards toward the surface of the water, thus the aquarium should be fully covered to prevent them from jumping out. Overall a very easy fish species to keep in either reef or FOWLR aquariums, providing distinctive looks and lots of personality. Longnose Hawkfish are carnivores and will require a diet with plenty of live, frozen or flaked meaty foods. They will readily consume live foods like mysid and brine shrimp; as well as, copepods, plankton and small shrimps. Meaty fresh, frozen and flake foods will make up the majority of their diet, supplemented with live foods and small invertebrates that it will find living within the live rock in the aquarium.
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Flame Hawkfish
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(Neocirrhites armatus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 4" 30 gallons 74-82° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Carnivore Indo-Pacific Cirrhitidae Hawkfish Reef Compatible The Flame Hawkfish are known as very personable fish that display a lot of personality and tend to build bonds with their owners over time. While the Flame Hawkfish is not a very large fish, it is semi-aggressive and will eat small ornamental shrimp, feather duster worms and some crab and snail species. Flame Hawkfish are known to knock snails and crabs over and pull their bodies out of their shells and eat them. Despite its feeding habits, the Flame Hawkfish does make an excellent reef fish for certain reef environments. The Flame Hawkfish is primarily red in color with only a black area along the top of its back running from the head all the way to its tail. Other distinctive features of this species are their eyes, which protrude from their head and their pectoral fins that they use to perch themselves on rocks. While Flame Hawkfish can be kept in nano aquariums, generally a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock is required to provide a good habitat. While Flame Hawkfish are peaceful to most other fish species, they are aggressive to other similar sized bottom feeders (gobies & blennies) and small ornamental shrimp, crabs and snails. Flame Hawkfish tend to be more aggressive in smaller aquariums or ones with small amounts of live rock. Larger aquariums with large amounts of live rock provide a lot of territory for this species, which helps make it more docile as it feels less pressure for feeding areas. Flame Hawkfish tend to hang out on rocky outcrops where they use their pectoral fins to prop themselves up. In reef aquariums the Flame Hawkfish is believed to have a beneficial to hard corals as their feces provide a source of nitrogen for coral tissue growth. The Flame Hawkfish is carnivore and should be fed a diet which includes a variety of marine meaty foods; such as, frozen preparations, marine fish flesh, crustaceans and myssid or other live feeder shrimp. This species should be fed 1 to 2 times a day.
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